It’s been nearly 20 years, but it seems the original Shenmue still has a little left to offer. Fans have dug deep into the code to successfully unearth a secret move that was recently hinted at by one of the original developers.
The move – known as ‘Shin Shōryūken’, and a clear reference to one of Street Fighter’s signature moves – was part of the original game but removed at the 11th hour at director Yu Suzuki’s request. Maybe he was fearful of intervention from Capcom’s lawyers?
It’s been re-enabled, however, by an enterprising fan (as picked up by Shenmue Dojo). The dragon punch – look, let’s just call it what it is – can’t be activated in normal play, and in this instance has been unlocked in one of the cutscenes in the harbor, being utilised against greasy rocker Goro.